TENNIS: Grantham’s Josh impresses in first tournament at Nottingham

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Grantham Tennis Club’s Josh Lane made his tournament debut in the 10th annual British Learning DisabilityTennis event at Nottingham Tennis Centre.

At 14 years old, he was the youngest competitor in the men’s singles, having only started to play last year. The event attracted 70 competitors, including some who had competed in the Special Olympics.

There were players from Scotland and Wales as well as all parts of England. However, the Ambergate pupil was the only player from Lincolnshire.

He overcame a nervous start against vastly more experienced and older opposition. Josh served incredibly well and impressed the organisers so well with his movement that he has been invited to attend a series of National Tennis Camps next year. Overall he finished third in his group.

Josh has now resumed his training at Grantham Tennis Club and is working hard with a focus on developing a killer forehand, just like his favourite player Andy Murray.

l Grantham Tennis Club’s Mini teams were unsuccessful in their three matches at Boston on Saturday.

The Mini Red, Orange and Green teams all faced strong Boston sides but, playing to their usual high standard, put up a good fight, despite the home side’s teams eventually proving too much.

The Reds comprised Oliver Anderson, James Timms, Jack Street and Lincoln Fleckney. The Oranges were Elliot Fisher and Jake Cullen, the Green team consisted of Jake Gibbons and Alex Ward (pictured).

l On Sunday, Grantham’s mixed second team hosted Newark in windy conditions, making it difficult for both teams to play. But because of the quality of Grantham’s players, they managed to sustain several great rallies and took victory by 68 games to 40. The pairings were Colin Walton and Sheena Gordine, Martin Garrett and Katy Dines, and David Todd and Lorraine Walton.

l Grantham ladies’ second team played at home to Magdala B on Sunday side.

Despite tricky conditions, both teams battled well but the very strong visiting team triumphed 67-41. The Grantham pairs were Elaine Maplethorpe and Tracy Hobson, Lily Braddock and Angela Anderson, and Elaine Pulfree and Rachel Pulfree.